Withdrawal management, formerly known as detox, helps you stop using substances in a safe environment. Substances included all drugs, alcohol, and medications other than prescribed. First, a medical professional does an evaluation to make sure withdrawal management is right for you.
What happens in withdrawal management?
A team of medical professionals check your withdrawal symptoms regularly. They figure out what medicines and other medical treatments you might need to help you safely withdrawal from the substances you were using. The treatment team also makes sure to address any other physical health or mental health concerns you might have.
During withdrawal management treatment, you can also get counseling—both in a group setting and one on one with a counselor. You learn more about your substance use and about other things you can do instead of using substances. Your treatment team will help you identify people in your life who can help you reach your goals and offer you support when you need it.
Life After Withdrawal Management
Your treatment team will also help you prepare for your life once you leave the withdrawal management facility. The team will talk to you about:
What will be a priority in your life during recovery.
Things in your life that could put you at risk for a relapse.
The team will help you make a discharge plan. The discharge plan includes other treatment options you might want to try, supports you have in place, concerns you may have once you leave the program, and a plan for potential relapse.
The most common step after withdrawal management is to get additional treatment in a residential setting where you can get more counseling, education, and support related to your substance use disorder.